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Summer Programs Enhance STEM Learning
October 2, 2015 | Huffington Post Education Blog
Jennifer Peck and Michael Funk
We know that workforces in STEM-related occupations are projected to grow at rates as much as double those in non-STEM fields, and that anticipated lifetime earnings are nearly 20% higher for holders of STEM degrees...
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Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's Video on Summer Learning
June 19, 2015 |
National Summer Learning Association
Use this amazing video featuring First Lady Michelle Obama discussing the importance of summer learning in your year-round outreach efforts.
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Science, art camp sneaks in language for English learners
August 13, 2015 | EdSource
Sarah Tully
As elementary students swayed like seaweed and waddled like penguins in a dance lesson during an ocean-themed camp, they were soaking in something they probably didn’t realize – lots of English language. That was the real goal of the two-week summer camp...
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Practice Makes Perfect: Summer Learning featured on Marketplace
July 22, 2015 | APM - Marketplace
Kai Ryssdal
Marketplace from American Public Media is the premier business news show on public radio. Host Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team deliver news that matters, from your wallet to Wall Street. On July 22nd, part of the show featured an innovative new summer learning program, Practice Makes Perfect.
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Guest Column: Let’s Stop The ‘Summer Slide’
July 22, 2015 | Learning Lab
Deb Samuels
Once again the national conversation has turned to summer learning loss: the annual downward slide that occurs when students transition from the rhythm of the school day to less structured activities. Time and again, research has shown that without the review and reinforcement provided in the classroom, kids from all backgrounds can lose as much as two months’ worth of grade-level skills over summer vacation.
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Summer school: Oases in East San Jose, San Ramon, Oakland
July 19, 2015 | Inside Bay Area News
Sharon Noguchi
Public schools are suddenly flush with cash from the state, but one victim claimed by the Great Recession is only starting to bounce back: summer school.

A few Bay Area school districts are resurrecting summer classes that offer a leg up in academics or simply offer fun, mind-expanding lessons -- critical in stopping the summer slide, when kids can lose as much as one or two months of learning.
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New Report: What Cities Have Learned About Building Afterschool Systems
July 21, 2015 | The Wallace Foundation
Daniel Browne
The Wallace Foundation recently released a report that may be helpful in building summer learning systems. Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems, is a comprehensive report summarizing lessons learned over 12 years of the foundation’s efforts to build citywide systems to support quality after school programs. The report focuses on the four elements that the most current evidence and experience suggest are essential to a successful system: strong leadership from major players, coordination that fits the local context, effective use of data and a comprehensive approach to quality. The report was released with an accompanying infographic that summarizes the four elements of a successful system.
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Scaling Child Centered Advocacy Campaigns
July 16, 2015 | PR & Company
Christina So and Lauren Hain
It would have been hard to imagine five years ago when the Summer Matters Campaign launched that the Super Bowl 50 Host committee would choose National Summer Learning Day to launch the “Re(a)d Zone” – an effort to promote literacy this summer and through 2016...
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Enrollment doubles in city summer learning project
July 13, 2015 | Boston Globe
Meghan E. Irons
This week Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang to announce that over 6,500 Boston school children have enrolled in 79 summer learning programs in diverse, non-traditional settings around the city as part of the Boston Summer Learning Project, a coordinated public-private effort boosted by nearly $2 million in private funding.
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Accelerating Achievement Through Summer Learning
July 13, 2015 | National Summer Learning Association
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The latest publication by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) that is a resource for program providers, education leaders, policymakers, and funders who are making important decisions about whether and how to strengthen and expand summer learning programs as a way to accelerate student achievement.
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Healthy Eating for Kids During the Summer
July 4, 2015 | Fox 45 - Baltimore
Katie Willse
Watch NSLA's Chief Program Officer, Katie Willse team up with The Classic Catering People to talk about the importance of learning and healthy meals over the summer on Fox 45 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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3 Ways to Infuse Global Learning Into Summer Programs
May 28, 2015 | Education Week
Monica Logan
Summer will soon be upon us. According to a report supported by The Wallace Foundation, an estimated 25 percent of our nation's youth participate in summer learning programs leaving the majority subject to the troubling effects of summer learning loss. Monica Logan, vice president of program and systems quality, National Summer Learning Association, shares strategies to mitigate this.
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Summer Matters Initiative Supports Summer Learning and Provides Meals for Low-Income Families
July 6, 2015 | San Mateo County Times
Margaret Lavin
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, students' learning gains during the school year were nearly equal regardless of socioeconomic status. However, those who do not engage in educational activities over the summer experience learning loss.

Moreover, summer learning loss is cumulative and contributes substantially to the achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students. And while some families in Silicon Valley can afford to spend a year's college tuition on summer camps, many more are working two or more jobs just to make ends meet.
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Promoting social emotional skills through expanded learning
June 2, 2015 | Ed Source
Jennifer Peck
California is in the process of implementing a range of reforms, from the Local Control Funding Formula, the Common Core State Standards and a new accountability system. What other reforms are needed to ensure that students succeed? Nonprofit education leaders speak out on what reforms they think should be added to California’s agenda, including SEL in after school and summer programs.
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Summer Learning Loss
June 29, 2015 | Sac&
Desiree Sheppard
Interim Coordinator for Summer Learning Programs, with the Sacramento City Unified School District Monroe Howard chats with Host Mellisa Paul about summer learning loss and how education programs can prevent it. Howard also goes over the affordable costs and how parents can find after school programs for their kids.
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The Y campaign "Hop the Gap" supports summer programs
June 29, 2015 | The Y
This short animation does a great job of taking the image of a kid on their own in the summer and moves them to being part of a group.
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Gilroy's Super Power Summer Camp draws 750 kids
June 26, 2015 | Gilroy Dispatch
Jessica Schillings-Barrera
A six-week summer camp that supports low-income kids with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math got underway this week at three Gilroy schools.
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California PTA Newsletter Featuring Summer Learning
June 29, 2015 | California PTA
California PTA
It’s time to ensure your family is ready to make summer matter for your child’s academic and social and emotional health. Here’s info to ensure your child has a summer filled with learning and fun!
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America After 3pm Survey Highlights Summer
June 12, 2015 |
America After 3pm
California is at or above the national average for every data point surveyed about summer learning programs.

46% of California families reported at least one child in a summer learning program in 2013 compared to a 33% national average. In 2008, only 27% of California families reported at least one child in a summer learning program. (2nd highest in nation, after DC)

62% of families say they want their children enrolled in a summer learning program compared to a 51% national average. (2nd highest in nation, after DC)

90% of California parents support public funding for summer learning programs compared to an 85% national average. In 2009 only 84% of California parents supported public funding. (4th highest in nation)

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Glenn County combines camp and learning at two schools
June 5, 2015 | Chico Enterprise-Record
Barbara Arrigoni
Summer vacation may have been dull in the past, but a program in Glenn County aims to change that through summer learning camps. Classrooms at two schools will be transformed into cabins and camp-like environments beginning June 18 in Orland and Willows. So far, 360 students from kindergarten through 12th grade are registered to attend, and there is a waiting list...
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Summer Matters Staff Conference
May 8, 2015 | Partnership for Children and Youth
This FREE conference will give you the opportunity to redefine summer with activities that are meaningful, support mastery and expand horizons. The goal of the conference is to empower you to provide the highest quality program possible.
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What is a Summer Job Worth? The Impact of Summer Youth Employment on Academic Outcomes
October 21, 2014 | Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
There is new evidence regarding the impact of large-scale summer youth employment programs on high school students’ school attendance and academic achievement in the following school year.
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Millions of California Kids Missing Out on Meals During the Summer
July 23, 2014 | The California Report
Aaron Mendelson
School’s out for summer, and for some kids that can mean carefree summer days. But for many kids in California, summer means going hungry, or eating unhealthily.
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Freedom Schools programs come to Sacramento for first time
July 6, 2014 | The Sacramento Bee
Katrina Cameron
The Roberts Family Development Center recently became home to a summer literacy program sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. This is the first time the Freedom Schools program has come to Sacramento. The center is one of 132 Freedom Schools in the nation.
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Fresno Grizzlies begin homestand against Salt Lake Thursday
June 25, 2014 |
Fresno Grizzlies
The Grizzlies will close the homestand with Social Sunday on the 29th. This game will highlight the Read. Play. Learn. Summer Challenge. The program, sponsored by The Children's Movement of Fresno, aims to eliminate children summer-learning loss.
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What will your children learn this summer?
June 20, 2014 | Contra Costa Times
Theresa Harrington
The Jump Start summer learning program of Whittier City School District has been successful, needed, and in high demand by students and their families. Despite this success it is still trying to find enough funding to provide the program next year.
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You Need Summer
June 5, 2014 | PTA Connects E-Newsletter
California PTA
Summer can be a stressful time for parents, especially for parents who work and struggle to keep their kids active and engaged through the long summer days.
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Summer Learning Loss in Fresno
June 4, 2014 | KSEE News
Richard Peralta, Director of Programs for the Central Valley After school Foundation, explains the ways the public can get involved in helping improve learning loss. What is Summer learning loss? Watch this clip to find out.
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Youth Advocates Converge on Capitol Over Summer Programs
May 13, 2014 | KFBK News V101
Abbot Dutton
Hundreds of youth advocates and students from across California rally at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to support high quality summer learning programs.
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Youth Advocates Converge on Capitol Over Summer Programs
May 13, 2014 | KFBK News Radio
Abbott Dutton
Summer vacation doesn't mean the learning has to stop.
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10th Annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge
May 12, 2014 | Sacramento Today
Hundreds of youth advocates and students from across California rally at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to support high quality summer learning programs.
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Summer Learning Prevents Summer Brain Drain
May 12, 2014 | California News Services via Seaside Courier
Lori Abbott
Today and tomorrow, hundreds of youth advocates and students from across the state are at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to increase funding for year-round learning
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It’s never to early to start planning for summer learning activities
March 4, 2014 | San Francisco Examiner
Richard A. Carranza
Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District shares what we know about the negative impacts of summer vacation on students and what San Francisco is doing about it.
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Summer is the real key to student success
May 3, 2014 | Santa Cruz Sentinel
Michael C. Watkins
Santa Cruz County Superintendent discusses the need for summer learning programs for all students.
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Aligning Summer Learning and Common Core
May 1, 2014 | Leadership: Association of California School Administrators
Mary Perry
Summer learning can help close the achievement gap by strengthening students' critical thinking and collaboration skills, and boosting their confidence as learners.
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Gilroy Summer Program Honored
April 30, 2014 | Gilroy Central Coast News
Claudia Otero
Gilroy Unified School District's summer learning program, Power School, is honored by the California Department of Education at BOOST conference.
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Summer learning survey examines district practices, plans and perceptions
February 1, 2014 | CSBA Policy Brief
As part of an ongoing effort to inform and support districts in the provision of summer learning programs, CSBA conducted a survey in fall 2013 to determine the extent to which summer learning programs are available in California, the types of programs being offered, challenges to implementation and opportunities to assist districts in providing such programs.
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It's Time to Invest in Summer
January 16, 2014 | EdSource
John Deasy
A commentary from Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy on why summer learning programs are a smart investment for California school districts.
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Summer Matters Campaign Unveils New Reports Linking Summer Learning to Local Control Funding Formula Priorities
November 19, 2013 |
As school district leaders prepare to make local control funding formula decisions, the Summer Matters campaign today released three new reports demonstrating that summer learning programs are essential to school districts’ ability to meet time-sensitive priorities for Common Core implementation, social-emotional growth, and teacher and staff development.
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Principals Take the Initiative to Keep Schools Open in the Summer
August 18, 2013 | EdSource
Susan Frey
Thanks to enterprising principals, students in a few California communities will have no trouble answering the question: What did you do this summer?
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Backpack Giveaway Gives Youths Jump on School
August 10, 2013 | SFGate
Five-year-old E'vangela Rogers knew exactly what she wanted, making a beeline to snag one of the last Hello Kitty selections among the 1,200 backpacks being distributed to kids Saturday in San Francisco's Western Addition.
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Summer Learning that Really Works
August 3, 2013 | Great
Jessica Kelmon
Introducing summer school 3.0 – the new and improved version that kids actually like – and quite possibly the key to closing the achievement gap.
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Super Power Camp fights summer boredom
August 3, 2013 | Gilroy Dispatch
Brandon Willis
Students culminated six weeks of learning how to live healthy and apply science, technology,
engineering and math Wednesday when parents joined them in playing games, constructing cars
from household products and learning how to cook healthy food.
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Summer learning opportunities vital to future success
July 31, 2013 | Contra Costa Times
Sean Marx and Jennifer Peck
Forward-thinking businesses that wish to invest in education ought to invest in high-quality summer learning opportunities because they provide such significant returns.
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Local Library summer meal program
July 30, 2013 | Vida En La Valle
Maria G. Ortiz-Briones
On her most recent visit to the Fresno County's Central Library, Rafaela Espino not only took her five children and one nephew to take advantage of the summer reading program at the library, but also to have lunch.
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Beating the heat with books
July 26, 2013 | Appeal Democrat
Susan Meeker
Orland children's librarian Nancy Leek has a knack for getting kids to read.
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Youth learn about Native American culture
July 26, 2013 | Sun Herald
Susan Meeker
The program allowed youth to engage in Native American cultural activities while keeping up with academic subjects like mathematics and language arts
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Whittier City School District Presents Model Summer School Program
July 24, 2013 | Whitter Daily News
Sandra Molina
Summer isn't all sunscreen and snow cones.
For a lot of students, it's time for school. And who knew it could be fun as well as educational?
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Rebooted summer programs make learning fun to prevent ‘summer slide’
July 23, 2020 | EdSource Today
Michelle Maitre
While summer classes targeted at struggling students are nearing extinction on many school campuses, several districts are rebooting the traditional summer education model by blending academics with recreational activities intended to prevent students from falling even further behind.
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Why Summer Learning is Essential
July 15, 2013 | TIME Ideas
Superintendent Ron Carruth
Despite the provocative title, the author of “Do Kids Really Have ‘Summer Learning Loss?” must recognize that the benefits of summer learning extend far beyond just reading a few books.
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Summer learning loss
July 12, 2013 | KCEE-TV (NBC)
Central Valley Today
Fresno parent and Fresno County Office of Education Senior Director discuss the Summer Matters campaign and summer learning programs in California.
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Money flows to California schools, but little goes to summer programs
July 12, 2013 | The Sacramento Bee
Diane Lambert
Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait.
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Why Summer Matters to Children’s Health and Wellness
July 11, 2013 | Kaiser Permanente - Thriving Schools Blog
Yvette Radford and Jennifer Peck
While summertime is known for bringing a rise in temperatures, it’s unfortunately also become an accelerator in the childhood obesity epidemic.
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Michael Grant visits Central Unified School District
July 9, 2013 | KFSN (ABC) Action News Live
Gabi Rodriguez
ABC news visits Fresno County Office of Education CESA summer learning program with special guest author Michael Grant.
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West Sac: summer reading promos underway for kids, teens & adults
July 6, 2013 | West
Steve Marschke
The Yolo County Library’s ever-popular Summer Reading Program, currently under way, has something for everyone.
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Kids can learn, get fit in summer
July 5, 2013 | The Fresno Bee
Mike Snell and Jeff Collins
Unfortunately, when students put their brains on pause for summer, their education can actually rewind.
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Keeping youth busy and safe Summer program offers something to do
July 3, 2013 | Vida en el Valle
Cynthia Moreno
Most summers, Alejandro Sánchez could be found at home playing computer video games, watching cartoons on TV, or going for a swim with his neighborhood friends. But, not this summer. He has different plans.
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Summer Meals in California promote health and education
July 3, 2013 | USDA Blog
Jesus Mendoza Jr.
On the grounds of Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, California, upwards of 150 children participated in the California Summer Meals kickoff event hosted by the California Summer Meal Coalition, Sacramento Public Library, and the Elk Grove Unified School District.
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Summer learning is essential for California students
July 2, 2013 | The SM Daily Journal
County Superintendent Anne Campbell, opinion
The traditional school year is over, and the all-important summer learning season is in session.
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Summer partnerships help fight learning loss
July 2, 2013 | The SM Daily Journal
Heather Murtagh
Summer is a welcomed break by most students but can also be a three-month period during which time academic lessons are forgotten. That often puts parents in a challenging position to keep their kids active both physically and mentally. It’s a challenge that’s not just a family concern anymore.
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At Retooled Summer Schools, Creativity, Not Just Catch-Up
July 1, 2013 | New York Times
Motoko Rich
Just a few years ago, school districts around the country were slashing summer classes as the economic downturn eviscerated their budgets. Now, despite continuing budgetary challenges, districts are re-envisioning summer school as something more than a compulsory exercise where students who need to make up lost credits fight to stay awake inside humid classrooms.
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Monterey County trying to prevent 'summer learning loss'
July 1, 2013 | The Herald of Monterey County
Are most classes aimed at students who are behind and need to catch up?
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Fresno State-hosted summer school helps fill FUSD enrichment gap
June 30, 2013 | The Fresno Bee
Hannah Furfaro
In summers past, 12-year-old Maria whiled away the dog days in front of the TV. This year she is enrolled in an art class at After School University, a program hosted by Fresno State that provides local kids with a free one-month day camp each summer.
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Summer school: Should more kids go?
June 29, 2013 | USA Today
Brett M. Kelman
For years, Jennifer Dresmich, a middle school teacher in Pittsburgh, saw students come back from summer vacation further behind than when they left.
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Youth Get A Taste of Healthy Living
June 28, 2013 | Youth
Meles Gebru
Oakland’s elementary school youth took a Michelle Obama- and Alice Waters-inspired field trip. At the Old Oakland Farmers Market, students learned about healthy foods and healthy living, and broke out in a brief flash mob in solidarity with Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! program.
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Summer learning programs aim to keep kids sharp
June 27, 2013 | The Press Democrat
Kerry Benefield
Manny DeLeon got straight A's last year as an eighth-grader at Comstock Middle School, but he signed up for Make Camp because he didn't want to lose a step academically over the summer.
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Summer program targets disadvantaged kids
June 26, 2013 | Vida en el Valle
Cynthia Moreno
Magdalena González's first job will be a six-week summer internship at Sacramento City Hall.
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Summer school - at camp
June 25, 2013 | Colusa Sun-Herald
Susan Meeker
While most Glenn County youth are welcoming a break from homework, tests and other school-year demands, more than 400 children are combating what educators call "summer learning loss."
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Summer learning matters, educators and business partners agree
June 24, 2013 | California School Boards Association Blog
Carol Brydolf and Kristi Garret
Busloads of students from around the state joined state education, business and legislative leaders at the state Capitol June 20 for the kickoff of the Summer Matters campaign to boost summer learning.
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San Bernardino Unified turns vacation time into education time
June 23, 2013 | San Bernardino Sun
Beau Yarbrough
Education and Fun! The school district's five-week program helps students retain and build on knowledge while mixing literacy and science with an emphasis on working outside the classroom.
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SF kids kick off first day of summer
June 22, 2013 | ABC 7 Local
Lyanne Melendez
Over 800 young people in San Francisco gather to kick off the beginning of summer and celebrate the summer learning programs they attend.
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School's out, learning's in
June 21, 2013 | Public News Service
Lori Abbott
School's out for many children in California, but that doesn't mean learning has to stop.
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Boys & Girls Clubs seek funds to boost summer learning for kids
June 21, 2013 | The Californian
Roberto M. Robledo
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County have until June 30 to make good on a matching grant to help finance their summer program.
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Whittier schools work to close gap for low-income students
June 21, 2013 | Daily Breeze
Peter Fullam
Summer vacation can be a magic time for children, but for children of low-income families, it's often a time of learning loss. To illustrate the problem, Whittier City School District officials showed a video to parents Thursday morning at the kickoff to its Jump Start Summer Program.
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Summer Learning Day at California State Capitol
June 21, 2013 | Univision 34
Maribel Lopez
"Summer is important!" explains Eduardo Aguilar, Program Specialist of the Sacramento City Unified School District.
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"LA's BEST students graduate with Disney's Monsters U "
June 21, 2013 | FOX 11 News
Hal Eisner
Students from the after-school program L.A.'s BEST help marked "Summer Learning Day," with a field trip to see the premiere of the animated film "Monster's University" with Clippers player Chris Paul and his son.
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KGO National Summer Learning Day Morning Preview
June 21, 2013 | KGO Radio
Magic Zone hosts a National Summer Learning Day celebration in San Francisco, expecting over 600 children to participate. Director, Sheryl Davis, describes the goals and activities of the event.
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Capitol rally really focuses on summer learning
June 20, 2013 | Oakdale Leader
Hundreds of California middle school and high school students marked National Summer Learning Day with a “Read-In” at the California State Capitol on Thursday, joining together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a host of state lawmakers, school district leaders, and civic leaders to rally for expanded summer learning opportunities for all California students.
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Summer Learning Day at State Capitol
June 20, 2013 | KDTV Univision 14
Hundreds of student gather at capitol to advocate for more resources in the summer learning programs.
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Tips for parents to prevent summer brain drain
June 20, 2013 | El Observador
Each summer, parents look for ways to combat “summer brain drain,” which occurs when children lose some of the knowledge they gained during the school year because they’re not regularly exercising their brains.
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Capitol Alert: AM Alert: California lawmakers get literate
June 20, 2013 | Modesto Bee
Jeremy White
Budget season has produced the usual furor about whether California lawmakers read all the bills they pass, but today legislators will be showing off their literary chops with a "read-in" on the north steps.
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Whittier jump starts summer learning
June 20, 2013 | Univision, KMEX
Whittier City School District celebrates National Summer Learning Day with a family fair about the district's summer learning program Jump Start and other summer activities in the community.
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Summer Learning Day at California State Capitol
June 20, 2013 | KCRA 3 - Sacramento
With a rally of hundreds of students, educators and legislators gather at state capitol to encourage the investment in more summer learning programs across California to prevent summer learn loss.
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Beware of the summertime weight gain among children
June 20, 2013 | The Oakland Tribune
Jennifer Peck and Yvette Radford
While summertime is known for bringing a rise in temperatures, it's unfortunately also become an accelerator in the childhood obesity epidemic.
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KFBK AM National Summer Learning Day Morning Preview
June 20, 2013 | KFBK Radio
National Summer Learning Day at the State Capitol, hosted by the Summer Matters campaign on June 20, advocating for increased access to high quality summer learning programs.
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New legislation proposed for expanded and out-of-school learning
June 19, 2013 | EdWeek
Nora Fleming
According to the Afterschool Alliance, positive news is in store for after-school and out-of-school programs in several states—Illinois, Texas, and Massachusetts—which recently passed bills aimed at creating, maintaining, or increasing funding for extended learning opportunities.
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Students rally at the state capitol in support of summer learning for national summer learning day
June 20, 2013 | Media Advisory
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, California legislators, school district leaders, students and civic leaders stage National Summer Learning Day “Read-In” at state capitol in support of expanding access to high quality summer learning programs statewide
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General Education Development (GED) test gets an overhaul
June 17, 2013 | Mercury News
Margaret Lavin
San Mateo County Superintendent Anne Campbell is among the California school district leaders who have signed on to Summer Matters' efforts.
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Absence of summer classes a setback for many students
June 17, 2013 | Desert Sun
Brett Kelman
Budget cuts forced school districts to shutter crucial learning programs.
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Districts turning summer school into learning labs
June 17, 2013 | Education Week
Nora Fleming
Summer school, once thought of as a place for failing students, is being overhauled.
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State schools chief kicks off California’s Common Core summer
June 17, 2013 | Santa Clarita News
David Mariuz
In an effort to implement new standards in California’s public schools, the chief of state schools launched a teacher’s training program today.
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Give Something Back Office Supplies announced as inaugural business partner for statewide “Summer Matters” campaign
June 12, 2013 | Press Release
Company’s support reflects California business leaders’ growing momentum for investing in high quality summer learning opportunities that combat “summer learning loss” and strengthen Students’ Success.
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Summer programs are good for youth
June 11, 2013 | The Fresno Bee
Michael Seward (letter to the editor)
Good to see that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson joined education leaders in Fresno to talk about the importance of summer learning as outlined in your May 31 article, "Fresno, Central school districts praised for summer education efforts."
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Summer learning loss
June 9, 2013 | ABC News 10
Brittany Davis Pulley
Summer Learning Loss is a real issue, but there are programs to help kids who may be more at risk.
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State Superintendent Tom Torlakson launches Summer Matters 2013 campaign
June 4, 2013 | Fresno County Office of Education
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson arrived in Fresno last month to launch “Summer Matter” – a statewide campaign to expand access to high quality summer learning opportunities for California students.
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Fresno and Central school districts praised for summer education efforts
May 30, 2013 | The Fresno Bee
Hannah Furfaro
Even while students across Fresno are counting the days until school lets out, state officials are making an extra push this year to ensure students don't forget what they've learned after a two-month summer break from the books.
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ON CAMPUS: Summer schooling matters
May 28, 2013 | Modesto Bee
Nan Austin
Summer matters, it turns out. It matters a lot.
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Summer is great time for kids to learn
May 27, 2013 |
Larry Powell
Larry Powell describes that Fresno is seeing firsthand how summer learning is changing students' lives for the better, each and every summer. And just as the school year is beginning to wind down, Fresno will host the statewide Summer Matters campaign 2013 Kick-Off on Thursday May 30th.
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New report: how summer learning strengthens students
May 24, 2013 | Afterschool Snack - A blog from the Afterschool Alliance
Nikki Yamashiro
As another school year is coming to an end and summer break is fast approaching, Public Profit’s new report, “Summer Matters: How Summer Learning Strengthens Students’ Success,” couldn’t have come at a better time.
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Summer Matters: New Hands-on STEM Opportunity
May 23, 2013 | Cupertino Patch
Dave Cortese and Jennifer Peck
Momentum is growing in San Jose to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) an educational priority, including the launch of a new local program this summer.
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Summer Matters
May 18, 2013 | NBC- Bay Area Class Action
Jessica Aguirre interviews Katie Brackenridge
Katie Brackenridge shares why high quality summer learning programs are just the answer to combat the problem of summer learning loss.
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San Jose Hosts Annual PTA Convention
May 16, 2013 | El Observador- Bay Area Hispanic News
Osvaldo Castillo
The California Parent-Teacher Association held its annual convention on MAY 2-5, 2013, in San Jose, to adopt three resolutions that will help students succeed academically. These resolutions were to aid inclusive schools and special needs students; make sure school board candidates meet certain qualifications; and improving summer learning, which the Parent-Teacher Association believes is highly important.
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How Summer Learning Strengthens Students' Success
May 15, 2013 | Learning in Afterschool and Summer
Sam Piha
We know from research that summer learning loss suffered by kids who do not have access to engaging summer programs is significant. Public Profit ... released their findings on the benefits that children accrued by participating in pilot summer programs across the state.
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Activities for Children During Summer Vacation
May 10, 2013 | Univision 14- San Francisco
Experts warn that many children lose what they have learned during the school year in the summer months, and this is important to keep them active. Included is a list of ideas and free programs.
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Summer Enrichment Programs Prove Their Value
May 6, 2013 | EdSource
John Fensterwald
The organizers of a statewide campaign to encourage school districts to offer quality summer enrichment programs have documented gains in learning and growth in social skills that they anticipated would benefit low-income, minority students in their programs.
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San Jose Students Take On STEM this Summer 2013
April 26, 2013 | El Observador – Bay Area Hispanic News
April is Math Awareness Month. San Jose’s momentum is growing to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) an educational priority with the launching of a new local program.
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Summer Learning Programs in Need of Seasoning
David Rattray and Jennifer Peck
As businesses evaluate their corporate social responsibility programs for 2013 and beyond, those wanting to invest wisely in education ought to put high-quality summer learning programs at the top of the list.
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Summer Learning Programs' Potential for Bridging Achievement Gaps
April 9, 2013 | Education Week
Gina Cairney
Children learn best when they're healthy, and while summer is usually a time when many children participate in a myriad of summer enrichment programs, some children who could most benefit don't get that opportunity, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
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"Summer Matters" More Than Ever
March 29, 2013 | MCOE News: The newsletter of the Monterey County Office of Education
As the days get longer, it’s time to start planning for summer and ensuring that Monterey County students have access to high quality summer learning opportunities that are enriching and enjoyable. Read more on page 9.
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Jefferson Award Winning SF Teacher Helps Close City’s Achievement Gap
March 20, 2013 | CBS San Francisco
Sheryl Davis has been a teacher in San Francisco for 15 years. She started with kindergarteners at a private school in Pacific Heights, but when she volunteered her free time to teach low-income students in the nearby Western Addition, she was the one who learned something
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What the Sequester Will Do to California Summers
March 4, 2013 | The Huffington Post
Jennifer Peck
If the sequester results in cutbacks to summer learning programs that are essential to student success, it will add up to academic setbacks for students who lack access to summer learning opportunities.
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Cities and Schools Collaborate on Summer Programs
March 3, 2013 | EdSource
Susan Frey
The Summer Matters 2013 Conference showcases Concord, Oakland and San Francisco as models of cities and school districts that are successfully partnering on summer learning.
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Summer Matters: How Summer Learning Strengthens Students’ Success
| - What We're Reading
Grantmakers for Education
An analysis of the effects of summer-learning programs suggests that efforts to close the achievement gap during the school year alone will fail.
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STEM and the Summer Opportunity
November 26, 2012 | Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and Jennifer Peck
An innovative pilot program in Oakland and Mount Diablo Unified School District demonstrates the effectiveness of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning during the summer months, and how out-of-school time programs are well-suited for engaging students in STEM curriculum.
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This November, Learning Is on the Ballot
October 30, 2012 | Huffington Post
Jennifer Peck interview
What's really at stake for children's education in the 2012 elections and why voting "yes" to invest in schools matters more than ever.
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Despite budget cuts, some Bay Area school districts are offering innovative summer programs
July 23, 2012 | San Jose Mercury News
Recognizing the importance of summer learning, Bay Area school districts are finding inventive ways to invest in summer learning programs, despite tight budgets.
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Summer campers learn about nutritious food choices at Old Oakland Farmers Market
July 23, 2012 | Oakland Tribune
East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) summer learning program students get a hands-on lesson in healthy eating during a colorful field trip to the Old Oakland Farmers Market.
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Campers find success
July 23, 2012 | Willows Journal (Glenn County)
Profile of Glenn County Office of Education's summer learning program, Expect Success Summer Camp, that delivers engaging educational programming in a fun camp-like setting.
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Hybrid programs aim to stem summer learning loss
July 23, 2013 | USA Today
More school districts are providing summer learning programs that combine academics and recreation to bolster students’ academic achievement, health and well-being during the critical summer months.
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Summer learning faces cuts
July 23, 2012 | CNN
CNN features acclaimed summer learning program, L.A.’s BEST, as an example of why summer learning programs are essential to student’s academic success and summertime health and well-being.
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Retired military officers: Lazy summers threaten our national security
July 19, 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
“Lazy Days of Summer: A National Security Threat?", a new report by Mission: Readiness finds that summer learning loss is weakening U.S. national security by contributing to food insecurity, childhood obesity and school dropout rates – all of which are undermining the U.S. economy and the strength of its armed forces.
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In Support of the Whole Child
July 10, 2012 | Huffington Post
Leading Huffington Post Education, Parenting and Health bloggers make the case for a more innovative, holistic and “whole-child” approach to U.S. public education in the 21st century.
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Bay Area Educator Jennifer Peck Honored In Washington D.C.
July 3, 2012 | CBS San Francisco
Interview with Partnership for Children and Youth’s Jennifer Peck about being honored by the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, D.C. and her efforts to expand access to summer learning opportunities for California students.
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Summer Matters Staff Conference

May 8th, 2015
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
First Unitarian Church
685 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612

This FREE conference will give you the opportunity to redefine summer with activities that are meaningful, support mastery and expand horizons. The goal of the conference is to empower you to provide the highest quality program possible.

The 2015 Summer Matters Program Staff Conference is designed for site coordinators, line staff, and teachers in summer programs. It will host various Bay Area presenters with topics including: Common Core State Standards Integration, Program Spirit, Including Older Youth, Making Learning Active, Teaching Strategies, Communicating with Families, and Social-Emotional Learning.


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Spotlight on Our Champions

Summer learning is essential to students’ success and more and more education leaders are taking a stand, making the commitment to make summer matter for the children in their communities.

An Interview with John Calandro, a principal in Coast Unified School District.    
We spoke with Mr. Calandro to find out how he is making summer matter for his students in Cambria. Click on the title to read the full interview.

Superintendents Stand Up for Summer
California school superintendents are standing up for summer learning.  See the growing list of superintendents across the state who are supporting the Summer Matters campaign’s efforts to expand access to high quality summer learning opportunities for California students.




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